Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency (Convention on Assistance)
Ongoing

The Convention on Assistance sets up a framework for states parties to co-operate amongst themselves and with the International Atomic Energy Agency to facilitate prompt assistance in the event of a nuclear accident or radiological emergency.

 

Adopted: 26 September 1986

Opened for signature: 26 September 1986 (Vienna) and 6 October 1986 (New York)

Entered into force: 26 February 1987

Parties: 125 (including EURATOM, FAO, WHO and WMO) (see table below)

 

More information on the Convention on Assistance, including the text, is available here.

The text of the Convention on Assistance is also reproduced in the Supplement to Nuclear Law Bulletin No. 38.

The current status of the Convention on Assistance is available here.

The following articles related to the Convention on Assistance were published in the Nuclear Law Bulletin:

  • The IAEA Conventions on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, by B. Moser (NLB 44, p. 10).
  • Inside nuclear baseball: Reflections on the development of the safety conventions, by C. Stoiber (NLB 100, p. 61).
  • The impact of the major nuclear power plant accidents on the international legal framework for nuclear power, by S.G. Burns (NLB 101, p. 7).

 

Parties to the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency

Albania Estonia Madagascar Rwanda
Algeria Finland* Malawi Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Argentina* France* Malaysia Saudi Arabia
Armenia* Gabon Mali Senegal
Australia Georgia Mauritania Serbia
Austria Germany* Mauritius Singapore
Bangladesh Ghana Mexico* Slovak Republic*
Belarus* Greece Moldova Slovenia*
Belgium* Guatemala Monaco South Africa*
Benin Hungary* Mongolia Spain*
Bolivia Iceland Montenegro Sri Lanka
Bosnia and Herzegovina India* Morocco Sweden*
Botswana Indonesia Mozambique Switzerland*
Brazil* Iran* Namibia Syrian Arab Republic
Bulgaria* Iraq Netherlands* Tajikistan
Burkina Faso Ireland New Zealand Tanzania
Cameroon Israel Nicaragua Thailand
Canada* Italy Niger Tunisia
Chile Japan* Nigeria Türkiye
China* Jordan North Macedonia Ukraine*
Colombia Kazakhstan Norway United Arab Emirates*
Costa Rica Korea* Oman United Kingdom*
Côte d'Ivoire Kuwait Pakistan* United States*
Croatia Lao People’s Democratic Republic Panama Uruguay
Cuba Latvia Paraguay Viet Nam
Cyprus Lebanon Peru Zimbabwe
Czech Republic* Lesotho Philippines EURATOM
Denmark Libya Poland Food and Agriculture Organisation
Ecuador Liechtenstein Portugal World Health Organisation
Egypt Lithuania Qatar World Meteorological Organisation
El Salvador Luxembourg Romania*  
Eritrea Madagascar Russia*  

* Country with at least one nuclear power plant in operation.